Thursday, January 29, 2015
Section H1, Group 2, Sub-Group Drew-Evan-Daniel-Austin
Our group took a walk around the COE in true peripatetic fashion, discussing our thoughts on Plato's idea of Eros and Perfect Disembodied Love. We established that the type of love that was discussed in the Symposium was Eros, which is a romantic or physical love. Aside from Eros, there are two other types of love: Agape, which is an all-encompassing and unconditional love, and Philos, which is a more general type of brotherly love. We seemed to come to the conclusion that we didn't really agree with Plato's idea of true love being a transcendent experience with the Form of Beauty, since this type of relationship had altered the original definition of Eros. Upon further discussion, we moved topics to the Theory of Forms. If there is a perfect Form for every physical object, what about abstract ideas like numbers, or colors, or even art? Do these concepts also have perfect Forms? How can we discover the nature of these abstract Forms when the ideas themselves are abstract?